Health Insight Quality Award 3 Years Running!
Salt Lake City, December 10, 2014 — Alpha Home Health has been selected as one of thirteen Utah home health agencies are being recognized for their commitment to improving and promoting patient-centered care.
HealthInsight, a non-profit, community-based health care consulting organization, working to improve health and health care for patients and providers, is presenting the 2014 HealthInsight Quality Award to home health agencies from across the state of Utah today.
HealthInsight Quality Award home health recipients are selected for completing a quality improvement project aimed at improving patient-centered care and for demonstrating high quality health care and excellence in performance on publicly reported quality of care measures and other specified quality markers. These measures come from data that are voluntarily reported by home health agencies across the nation. The national home health rankings used to select recipients are available by visiting www.healthinsight.org.
"We are pleased to recognize these outstanding home health agencies that are working to improve health care quality and patient care for the residents of Utah," said Juliana Preston, HealthInsight Utah Executive Director. "Their commitment to excellence in serving the residents of Utah and providing quality health care delivery is evidenced by their achievement of this award.”
Health Care Agencies are selected from scores in the following areas:
- How often patients got better at walking or moving around
- How often patients got better at getting in and out of bed
- How often patients got better at bathing
- How often the home health team checked patients for pain
- How often the home health team treated their patients’ pain
- How often patients had less pain when moving around
- How often the home health team treated heart failure (weakening of the heart) for patients’ symptoms
- How often patients’ breathing improved
- How often patients’ wounds improved or healed after an operation
- How often the home health team checked patients for the risk of developing pressure sores (bed sores)
- How often the home health team included treatments to prevent pressure sores (bed sores) in the plan of care
- How often the home health team took doctor-ordered action to prevent pressure sores (bed sores)
- How often the home health team began their patients’ care in a timely manner
- How often the home health team taught patients (or their family caregivers) about their drugs
- How often patients got better at taking their drugs correctly by mouth
- How often the home health team checked patients’ risk of falling
- How often the home health team checked patients for depression
- How often the home health team determined whether patients received a flu shot for the current flu season
- How often the home health team determined whether their patients received a pneumococcal vaccine (pneumonia shot)
- For patients with diabetes, how often the home health team got doctor’s orders, gave foot care, and taught patients about foot care
- How often patients receiving home health care needed any urgent, unplanned care in the hospital emergency room – without being admitted to the hospital
- How often home health patients had to be admitted to the hospital
The HealthInsight Quality Award Program was launched in September 2004 to promote transparency in health care. According to the Institute of Medicine, transparency in health care is defined as a system that is “accountable to the public, works openly, makes results known, and builds trust through disclosure.” By using available quality data to identify high performing providers and publicizing the results, HealthInsight aims to help providers improve health care and help patients become more active and informed participants in that care.
The home health quality information is available by visiting www.medicare.gov/homehealthcompare or by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).